Coreopsis ‘Cherry Pie’
Coreopsis ‘Cherry Pie’ is a stunning little beauty.
Because it forms a cushiony mound of deep red stars all over summer and autumn.
So it is hard to catch it not smothered with flowers, for months on end.
A machine for mango-peach-orange flowers
As the plant is naturally neat and very compact, it turns into a mound of cherry colour all over the warm months.
The only difficulty is deciding when you can bear to cut off all those flowers, and give it a haircut.
But not to worry – it will be back in massed bloom very quickly, and all the better for the trim.
Water-wise & drought resistant
Coreopsis ‘Cherry Pie’ thrives in heat, and is drought tolerant once established.
It is ideal for water-wise gardeners.
Growing: Coreopsis ‘Cherry Pie’
– Height with flowers: A power-ball of flowers to 40cm. approx
– Width: Coreopsis ‘Cherry Pie’ makes a round, pudding shape as wide as it is high, so to a diameter of approx. 50cm.
– Position: Sun. Coreopsis like to bask in the sun and feel the breeze through their massed flowers. Though they can tolerate a little shade as long as they are well aired.
Suitable for seaside gardens and hot, dry districts.
Treat them lean & mean
– Soil: Coreopsis are not fussy about soil type, but they do insist on good drainage.
So they will thrive in poorer soils with low fertility. And they particularly enjoy sandy, rocky, or gravel soils, to average garden loam. However they will rot in heavy soil.
They can also tolerate a wide range of soil pH on either the acid or alkaline (lime) side of neutral, and they are actually very tolerant of limestone soils.
Perform best when grown lean and mean.
– Water-wise: Coreopsis are water-wise plants, so normal, average garden water is more than enough. They revel in heat, and can easily withstand periods of dry between drinks.
They are drought resistant plants.
– Care: Cut back by 1/3 mid-summer, whenever you can harden your heart enough to cut off all those flowers. But fear not – the haircut will quickly promote even more flowers. And extend the flowering season even longer. Plus prevent it from flowering itself to death!
A little fertilizer with the haircut will keep its flowering spirits up, but do not over fertilize.
They are better grown lean, and then they flower even more profusely.
– Frost: Can tolerate light frost down to approx. -5C, but will require some overhead shelter, perhaps from a nearby taller shrub or wall, in areas with severe frosts.
– Growth: An evergreen, perennial mound.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees gather both nectar and pollen from the prolific star flowers.
And butterflies gain energy with all the nectar.
There are so many flowers, for so long, our pollinating friends regard a Coreopsis plant as one big smorgasbord.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Though Coreopsis are not completely immune to our grazing foes, they do not appear to place them high on their menu.
– Origin: Coreopsis ‘Cherry Pie’ is a a recently bred hybrid.
However it derives from original wild plants that are native to hot and dry regions of Mexico and the west of U.S.A. Which of course accounts for its well deserved reputation for hardiness in heat, drought, and poor soils.